You’d be excused for refusing to sit through a four-hour documentary about the Godfather of Noise Music, Boyd Rice. But if you’re the adventurous sort with rock-solid eardrums and a stomach for anarchy, head down to Anthology Film Archives for ICONOCLAST, an epic, all-caps biography six years in the making. Told through Rice’s own words, the film is an electric jolt through the synapses of the controversial provocateur and artist.
Here are some other of Rice’s, um, achievements that may give you pause: he’s an avowed satanist; he’s on the staff of Modern Drunkard magazine; it was reported, before it was debunked, that he owns the world’s largest Barbie collection; he once decorated and ran a tiki bar—tiki bar!—in Colorado; and, in the 70s, he tried unsuccessfully to give a silver platter with a severed sheep’s head on it to First Lady Betty Ford. Did we mention the film is called ICONOCLAST?
ICONOCLAST, Fri & Sat, Aug 20 & 21, 7:00 pm, Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, NYC